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Presented By: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+)

“It’s Not Brain Surgery”: Graphic Medicine, Graphic Justice, and More About Comics for Grown Ups

Patricia F. Anderson

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This lecture will be live streamed.

Graphic Medicine describes the genre of comics and graphic novels around healthcare, as told from personal and professional perspectives. Many think of comics as for children, but that could be risky with some of these! The personal experiences described can be tender or gritty, and touch on topics such as specific conditions, social justice, dying, lived experiences, resilience. Visual aspects of storytelling take advantage of new literacies, offering insights not possible through other mediums.

Patricia F. Anderson (@pfanderson) is the Emerging Technologies Informationist at UM, in which she’s made apps, books, comics, and a videogame, which officially makes this the coolest job ever. Her job lets her hang out with microbiome researchers, precision medicine folk, health IT geeks, makerspace gurus, and talk about explorations in personal genomics and 3d printing. Her other publication areas include social media, search engines, wearables, text mining, tech mining, textual analysis, and systematic reviews.

This is the first of a six-lecture series. The subject of the series is Graphic Books and Memes. The next lecture will be on March 4, 2021. The title is: Creating Comic/Graphic Novels From Concept to Publication. Learn from well-known experts about an array of interesting subjects, with an interactive Q&A period following each lecture.

Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
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  • $35 for entire 6-lecture series. $10 for day pass.

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